News: Dishonored’s Corvo and Half Life’s Gordon Freeman might both be silent protagonists, but that’s where the similarities end, says Dishonored writer Austin Grossman.
The recently released Dishonored (which we loved) has a silent protagonist, so naturally comparisons are being made to the other infamous wordless hero, Gordon Freeman of Half Life. But the only kind of inspiration Dishonored writer Austin Grossman drew from Freeman is what not to do. Grossman assures Kotaku that he speaks only for himself when he says “I hate what Valve does with the silent protagonist.”
“I find it incredibly awkward and really creepy,” says Grossman. “I find Gordon Freeman creepy as hell.” The creepiness is a result of Freeman’s less personal interests in the game. “I think you get that involvement because the character has personal relationships with people from the beginning. And it’s very clear that people have fucked with you in a very personal way.”
Grossman feels that Freeman is almost like a vessel: “It’s people talking at him, about him and sometimes even for him. He just happens to be in the middle of this whole thing.” Grossman admits that he’s biased, but he thinks that “Dishonored grips you much more viscerally, more emotionally.”
So really Corvo and Freeman are two silent guys driven by different things and interacting with their worlds differently. It’s always the quiet ones, isn’t it.